As the Democrat Lilliputians try to make Atty. Gen. William Barr the second cabinet officer to be held in contempt of Congress, it is serves us well to remember that Democrats didn’t quite have the same attitude toward a President protecting his administrative turf when the first, Eric Holder, was under President Obama’s executive privilege umbrella during the Fast and Furious scandal (sorry, Joe).
Unlike the current “collusion delusion”, Holder/Obama’s Fast and Furious gun-running operation involved real crimes, real dead bodies, and real obstruction of justice as administration officials colluded with Mexican drug cartels to supply them with high-powered semi-automatic weapons, one of which was used to murder Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. As PJ Media notes:
What happens when you send two thousand firearms across the border, lose hundreds of them, and then a border agent is killed with one of those guns? You lie, stonewall, and obstruct the investigation. At least, that’s what the Obama administration did. Attorney General Eric Holder falsely claimed to have no knowledge of the operation, and Obama personally obstructed the investigation by claiming executive privilege over documents requested by Congress. The obstruction by the Obama administration was so egregious that Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress, in a bipartisan vote, for refusing to cooperate with their investigation.
That executive privilege claim was even shamelessly extended to Holder’s wife. This shows how desperate the Obama-Biden administration was to hide any memo, file, report, email or communication documenting Obama and Holder’s actions during Fast and Furious.
ATF Special Agent John Dodson attempted to spread the truth on the Obama administration’s effort to supply Mexican drug lords with semiautomatic weapons:
ATF Special Agent John Dodson is a national hero who in 2011 blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious, the Obama administration’s gun-running operation to Mexico.
Testifying before Congress, he disclosed that his supervisors had authorized the flow of semiautomatic weapons into Mexico instead of interdicting them, weapons that found their way into the hands of Mexican drug cartels with deadly results.
Dodson has put his intimate Fast and Furious knowledge into a book titled “The Unarmed Truth.” It provides the first inside account of how the Obama administration permitted and helped sell some 2,000 guns to Mexican drug cartels, guns used in the murder of two federal agents and hundreds of Mexican citizens.. …
The operation was exposed when Brian was killed in December 2010 by an illegal immigrant working for the Sinaloa Cartel near Nogales, Ariz., just 10 miles from Mexico. Two Fast and Furious weapons were found at the murder scene.
Two such weapons also were used to murder Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico on Feb. 15, 2011, came from suspects who were under ATF watch but not arrested at the time….
“Allowing loads of weapons that we knew to be destined for criminals, this was the plan. It was so mandated,” Dodson, then attached to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Phoenix office, testified before Rep. Darrell Issa’s House Government Reform and Oversight Committee on June 15, 2011..
“Rather than conduct enforcement actions, we took notes, we recorded observations, we tracked movements of these individuals for a short time after their purchases, but nothing more,” Dodson testified.
“Knowing all the while, just days after these purchases, the guns that we saw these individuals buy would begin turning up at crime scenes in the United States and Mexico, we still did nothing.”
Democrats did their best to hide the truth about Fast and Furious, with AG Holder, the only Cabinet member ever to be held in contempt of Congress, arguably lying to Congress about his knowledge and involvement and repeatedly saying he “didn’t get the memo.” American citizens and Mexican nationals to this day are in jeopardy from criminals using weapons the Obama administration funneled to them. As Fox News reported about Mexican drug kingpin “El Chapo”:
A .50-caliber rifle found at Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s hideout in Mexico was funneled through the gun-smuggling investigation known as Fast and Furious, sources confirmed Tuesday to Fox News.
A .50-caliber is a massive rifle that can stop a car or, as it was intended, take down a helicopter…
Federal law enforcement sources told Fox News that ‘El Chapo’ would put his guardsmen on hilltops to be on guard for Mexican police helicopters that would fly through valleys conducting raids. The sole purpose of the guardsmen would be to shoot down those helicopters, sources said.
On July 18, 2014, a Federal District Judge ordered the Department of Justice to produce, in response to a lawsuit by the government watchdog group Judicial Watch, its Vaughan Index of withheld Fast and Furious documents by October 22, saying it had enough time already to produce it, denying a request to delay its release until after the November elections.
In a Vaughan Index, the government must list each withheld document, state the statutory exemption claimed, and explain how the disclosure of each document would damage the governmental interests claimed by the exemption. The index provided under the order shows just how far the administration will go to protect its actions in Fast and Furious.
“There are at least 20 emails, other communications, but principally emails between Holder and his spouse, Sharon Malone, a medical doctor here in Washington, D.C, and between Holder and his mother, now deceased,” that are being withheld under an extraordinary claim of executive privilege as well as a dubious claim of deliberative process privilege under the Freedom of Information Act, Chris Farrell, the director of research and investigations at Judicial Watch said in an interview with Newsmax TV,
Executive privilege is often asserted in the context of legitimate government deliberations in discussing an issue or policy such as cabinet meetings or meetings between the President and his advisers. The parties must be government officials and the privilege does not extend to communications with family members regarding government actions.
On October 6, 2011, President Obama issued a statement expressing complete confidence in Eric Holder and vowing to get to the bottom of the matter. On that date news reports had surfaced that cast doubt on Holder’s claim he had only recently learned of the scandal. Also on that date Holder and his wife exchanged a series of emails about that “White House statement.”
There is another group of emails on the same day. The subject line of each is “Fwd: Holder Received At Least 5 Memos On Fast and Furious.” Each of these is described as “Email discussing strategy on responding to the media.”
Another group of emails dated May 5, 2011, also withheld under the “deliberative process” claim, have the subject heading “Re: Fast and Furious” and each of these is described as “Email discussing strategy for response to Congress.”
Obama and Holder were eager to hide contents of these emails from the American people and the family of Brian Terry, the Border Patrol agent killed by Mexican drug cartels using weapons supplied under Fast and Furious..
Did Eric Holder discuss with his wife the veracity of President Obama’s statements? Did Holder admit to his wife that, yes, he knew about Fast and Furious all along? If they discussed picking up milk and a loaf of bread on the way home, there’d be no reason for secrecy.
Did the strategy emails on communicating with the press and the Congress discuss withholding critical information and even lying? Certainly they did not involve substantive discussion on government policies, only the how to cover up another administration scandal.
In Fast and Furious, there were real crimes and real malfeasance in government, with the criminals the ones invoking executive privilege.. In the “collusion delusion” there is no crime, only a report saying so and material the Democrats are demanding Barr commit a felony to release